Willie Mays
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"Willie Howard Mays, Jr.", nicknamed ""The Say Hey Kid"" is an Americans/American former professional baseball player who spent the majority of his Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a center fielder with the San Francisco Giants/New York and San Francisco Giants before finishing with the New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1979/1979, his first year of eligibility.

Mays won two Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award/MVP awards and shares the record of most Major League Baseball All-Star Game/All-Star Games played (24) with Hank Aaron & Stan Musial. Ted Williams said, "They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays."[http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/Mays_Willie.htm National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: The Hall of Famers] Mays ended his career with 660 home runs, third at the time of his retirement, and currently fourth all-time. He was a center fielder and won a record-tying 12 Gold Gloves starting the year the award was introduced six seasons into his career.[http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/mlb_awards_content.jsp?content=gold_gloves_history MLB Awards / MLB.com: History]

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